Diversity as an Asset

Garfield, Charles A.
April 2005
Leadership Excellence;Apr2005, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p19
The article focuses on the importance of diversity in the workplace. Diversity studies tend to focus on differences in gender, culture, and ethnic background, but diversity also includes other differences, such as, young and old workers, able and disabled workers. All of these groups contribute to the workforce. Unless organizations understand and draw on the diverse talents of labor pool, unless organizations actively cultivate the leadership of women and minorities, they will be hard-pressed to remain competitive. These problems will be compounded as they enter an era of labor shortages. So, to be in the business, the workforce and its leadership must reflect the diversity of the markets they serve if they are to serve those markets well.


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